The Detroit Lakes Boys Hockey team picked up its first win of the season in dominating fashion, defeating the Kittson County Central Bearcats 7-0 at the Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes Saturday afternoon.

After starting the season with a close loss to Fergus Falls and a nail-biting overtime loss to last year’s defending Section 8A champion East Grand Forks, the Lakers came out looking like a team with something to prove.

The Lakers score on the Kittson County Bearcats on Saturday afternoon in Detroit Lakes. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune)
The Lakers score on the Kittson County Bearcats on Saturday afternoon in Detroit Lakes. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune)

It only took Detroit Lakes 2:47 into the first period to find the back of the net when Breck Winter and Cooper Moore set up Spencer Bergman in the high slot for the first goal of the game.

The Lakers controlled the puck in the Bearcats zone most of the first period, but weren't able increase their lead. That was until Ben Hines slipped a wrist shot off the glove of Bearcat goaltender Jameson Turner right after the faceoff with 57.3 seconds before the intermission.

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Carter Bellefeuille picked up an assist on the goal giving the Lakers a 2-0 lead. Detroit Lakes would finish the period outshooting the Bearcats 14-3.

The Lakers dominate the area around the Kittson County goal in the second period. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune)
The Lakers dominate the area around the Kittson County goal in the second period. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune)

Detroit Lakes completely dominated the game in the second period. Captain Jacob Thomas found the net 59 seconds into the first period on a beautiful setup play from Beau Boehne. Eli Denardo followed up exactly two minutes later, scoring his first career varsity goal on a shot from the blue line. Thomas picked up the assist on the Denardo goal.

“We were hungry tonight," Lakers head coach Ben Noah said. “All three lines were rolling--no difference top to bottom.”

The Lakers were able to extend their lead to 5-0 when Bellefeuille scored on a beautiful 2-on-0 setup from Grady Kirchner with 8:17 remaining in the second. Thomas also picked up another assist on the play. The Lakers outshot the Bearcats 19-3 in the period.

Detroit Lakes goalie Elijah Blow makes a third period save Saturday against the Bearcats. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune)
Detroit Lakes goalie Elijah Blow makes a third period save Saturday against the Bearcats. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune)

The Lakers scored their sixth goal of the game 3:46 into the third period on a goal from Winter. Thomas picked up his third assist and fourth point on the night. Winter would finish the scoring for the Lakers on the night, punching in a beautiful tic-tac-toe play off a pass from Spencer Bergman, giving Detroit Lakes a 7-0 lead which would turn out to be the final score.

The Lakers dominate the area around the Kittson County goal in the second period. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune)
The Lakers dominate the area around the Kittson County goal in the second period. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune)

“We needed to get that monkey off our back, get the win tonight,” Noah said. “There's a lot of excitement around this team, and tonight was a glimpse as to why. Our goal is to get 1% better every day we’re out here, and we definitely did that today.”

The Lakers finished the game with 45 shots on goal. Laker goalie Elijah Blow stopped all 14 Bearcat shots on the night for his first shutout of the year.

The Lakers (1-2) will face off against Park Rapids at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kent Freeman Arena.